Bookstart Treasure Implementation Study: A Book-gifting Programme for Pre-school Children

Liam O'Hare, Paul Connolly

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Booktrust Treasure is a bookgifting programme delivered in pre-school and early years settings. The primary intended outcomes of the programme are increased family enjoyment of reading and sharing books. The following study explored the implementation quality of Bookstart Treasure and how this was associated with family reading outcomes.The findings reveal strong perceptions among practitioners that the intervention is having a positive effect on a wide range of family reading outcomes. Whilst this is a positive finding in relation to programme implementation, it is important to note that this does not, in itself, constitute evidence that Bookstart Treasure is having a positive effect. Unfortunately, measuring programme effectiveness was not possible within this implementation study.With regard to delivery, the programme was found to be equally well delivered in both voluntary and statutory settings. There is also some evidence that higher quality programme implementation is associated with increased enjoyment and usage of the packs amongst families. Whilst encouraging, it is important to note that it cannot be concluded from this that higher levels of implementation have a direct effect on these family outcomes. Furthermore, the findings also provide some evidence that parents with lower levels of education enjoy and use the packs more than their counterparts with higher levels of education.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 May 2015


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